WAG 06-03-01

Crisis Assistance payments may be provided new textto a family which is receiving or determined eligible to receive TANF, and demonstrates an immediate need under one of the following circumstances:

Item Needed Circumstance Causing Crisis
Rent
  • Fire, flood or other natural disaster; or
  • Eviction or court order to leave home; or
  • Domestic or sexual violence.
Furniture
  • Fire, flood or other natural disaster; or
  • Domestic or sexual violence.
Household Supplies
  • Fire, flood or other natural disaster; or
  • Domestic or sexual violence.
Clothing
  • Fire, flood or other natural disaster; or
  • Domestic or sexual violence; or
  • Lost or stolen cash.
Food
  • Fire, flood or other natural disaster; or
  • Domestic or sexual violence; or
  • Lost or stolen cash; or
  • Overnight lodging or travel during the day required to obtain medical care. 
Lodging Overnight lodging required to obtain medical care. 
Transportation Travel required to obtain medical care. (See PM 20-22-00 for transportation that can be paid by HFS.)

If a family lacks food because of fire, flood, or other disaster; the disaster does not render the family homeless and the need cannot be met through the SNAP Program. (Food cannot be approved to replace lost or stolen SNAP benefits.)

If a family is deprived of food or needed clothing because of lost or stolen cash, the amount issued for lost/stolen cash cannot exceed the amount that was lost and can never exceed the amount of the Payment Level.

Obtain prior approval from the Regional Office when a TANF family requests non-medical needs related to essential medical care and the needs cannot be met through a HFS Medicaid program or another source. Non-medical needs related to essential medical care include food, lodging and transportation.

Do not use Crisis Assistance to pay transportation expenses for routine office visits related to normal medical care.